It may not garner any Oscars, but “Swing Blade,” the latest underground video making the Hollywood rounds, has got the industry buzzing with belly laughs over three rookie filmmakers.
Chris Cox, Matt Sloan and Darren Des Voigne conceived and wrote the three-minute parody of “Swingers” and “Sling Blade.” They then recruited director Nicholas Goodman to assemble it.
Made in the style of a trailer for the mythical movie (from “Miraminor Films,” according to the credits), the pic places the blade-wielding Karl from “Sling Blade” in Hollywood with the “Swingers” hipsters.
After Karl tries to pick up a Hollywood bar girl with an offer of potted meat, his buddy chides him: “Karl, you’re never going to get the pretty babies with this biscuit and mustard vibe. You’re money, baby.”
The vid was reminiscent in tone and effect of “The Spirit of Christmas,” an animated underground short which generated similar heat for its creators last year.
Sloan’s roommate Chris Bender of Zide Entertainment encouraged the trio and got 30 copies of the short vid out to the industry.
Within days, the scribes were signed by agent Ruthann Secunda of UTA. They set meetings with producers from “Mad TV,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” as well as with New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Pictures, MTV, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Prods., Robert Simonds’ production company, Brillstein-Grey and Scott Rudin.
Even Miramax, which distributed “Sling Blade” and “Swingers,” apparently loved the short, including co-chair Harvey Weinstein.
Bender, who is managing “Swing Blade,” says short comic vids may be the best way to introduce new talent to the industry: “It’s a great way to get exposure. All you have to do is get something out there that people seem to like.”